Sunday, December 13, 2009

Quick Reviews for Comics Due 12-16-09

By John Judy
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #615 by Fred Van Lente and Javier Pulido.  The Sandman is the latest classic Spidey villain to get a revamp.  No matter what, it's gotta be better than that horrorshow going on in the Spidey newspaper strip.
ART OF STEVE DITKO HC edited by Craig Yoe.  What it says on the cover, kids.  Plus an intro by Stan "The Man" Lee.  Lots of amazing material plus tributes from Jerry Robinson, John Romita and P. Craig Russell.  Highly recommended.
ASTONISHING X-MEN #33 by Warren Ellis and Phil Jimenez. That nice Mr. Ellis runs numerous things up a flagpole.  Writhing, squealing things that perhaps we'd better salute, lest he reach further into his bucket of stuff.  Phil Jimenez is a great artist.
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #30 by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz.  Hal Jordan and Dr. Fate put some shmoe in the hurt box.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #5 of 6 by Ed Brubaker and Bryan Hitch.  Well, it certainly appears from all the other Marvel titles that Steve Rogers is back from the dead at last.  But don't you want to know how it happened?  And what the catch was?  Recommended.
CHIMICHANGA #1 of 3 written and drawn by Eric Powell.  From the creator of THE GOON, an all-new original series about a bearded girl, a traveling circus and a creature that knocks it all into a cocked hat.  It's Powell so this one is highly recommended.
DAREDEVIL #503 by Andy Diggle and Roberto De La Torre.  So if your best friend was presiding over a cult of crazed ninja assassins would you be worried?  Foggy Nelson is…
DARK AVENGERS #12 by Brian Bendis and Mike Deodato.  Norman Osborn's Avengers finally face a group even meaner, crazier and more dangerous than they are.  No, not the tea-baggers!  The Molecule Man and his crew.  It's gonna be a hootenanny!
EX MACHINA #47 by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris.  Four issues away from the end of the series and Mayor Hundred's greatest foe is fixing things so the Great Machine doesn't live to see the finale!  Recommended.
GOON, VOL. 6: CHINATOWN & MYSTERY OF MR. WICKER SC written and drawn by Eric Powell.  The story of The Goon, from his carny trash beginnings to the leg-breaking Boss of Bosses he's become.  Awesome stuff.  Highly recommended.
HELLBLAZER #262 by Peter Milligan and Giuseppe Camuncoli.  Constantine's adventure in India continues as he is slowly reminded how the former colonies treat Englishmen.
HULK #18 by Jeph Loeb and Whilce Portacio.  Doc Samson is the baddest psychiatrist this side of Hannibal Lecter and he's just the beginning of "Fall of the Hulks!"
INCORRUPTIBLE #1 by Mark Waid and Jean Diaz.  The flip side to Waid's smash hit IRRIDEEMABLE, this is the story of a bad guy gone good.  Max Damage sees the horror wrought by a fallen superhuman and decides to change his evil ways.  Cool stuff.  Recommended.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #40 by James Robinson and Mark Bagley. Black Lanterns galore in a heart-ripping throw-down that reminds us why some of these cats had to die.
MIGHTY AVENGERS #32 by Christos Gage and Khoi Pham.  Avengers: Dark versus Mighty.  Look whose name is on the comic, kids.
NEXT ISSUE PROJECT #2 (SILVER STREAK COMICS #24) by Various Image Boys.  A labor of love bringing back golden-age titles and characters in the public domain 63 years after their last appearance on the newsstands!  This one's got the daring "Silver Devil" (wink-wink), Silver Streak and Captain Battle!  All in a glorious, golden-age sized comic!  Gotta look!
ULTIMATE COMICS ARMOR WARS #3 of 4 by Warren Ellis and Steve Kurth.  Tony Stark versus all his suits of armor at once.  Boom!
UNDERGROUND #4 of 5 by Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber.  After the bat guano explosions and shoot-outs in the dark of previous issues what more surprises await our heroes in the underground?  Recommended.
X-FACTOR #200 by Peter David and Bing Cansino.  No, you didn't miss an issue or even 150 of them.  They just decided to renumber the series to reflect how many issues of a comic with this name have actually seen print.  Or is it how many artists Peter David has been through?  Honest to God, X-FACTOR has had more artists than Spinal Tap had drummers.  Anyway there's two story-lines here, one light, one heavy, something for everyone.  Recommended.

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